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SCCS baseball ready for the hype

Posted: April 4, 2014 9:58 p.m.
Updated: April 4, 2014 9:58 p.m.

Santa Clarita Christian pitcher Noah Dent, left, throws against Albert Einstein Academy at The Master's College on Friday.

 

Go ahead and create all the hype in the world for Santa Clarita Christian baseball.

They don’t mind.

“Are we afraid of having a target on our backs?” asked SCCS junior Clint Ross. “Not at all.”

The SCCS Cardinals beat Albert Einstein Academy 6-0 on Friday at The Master’s College to remain undefeated on the season and further justify its No. 1 ranking in CIF-Southern Section Division VII.

The Cardinals (8-0) are on a roll and feeling plenty confident about it.

“We’re playing as a team and we’ve been playing all the little parts of baseball correctly,” said Ross, who was 1-for-2 with a double and an RBI in Friday’s win.

Ross is one of six returning starters this year for a team loaded with underclassmen. SCCS starts zero seniors and a pair of freshmen who have turned out to be crucial players in the early going.

One of those freshman, Noah Dent, is a regular starting pitcher and a middle-of-the-lineup batter. On Friday, he pitched a seven-inning, complete-game shutout over Einstein (4-5). Dent allowed four hits and issued zero walks while striking out five.

He’s been putting up performances like that consistently this season.

“It’s pretty humbling that as a freshman I can get a starting job on the mound and go seven innings and get a lot of these guys out,” said Dent, who is 4-0 with a 1.11 ERA through 24 innings pitched this year.

He’s also aided by fellow freshman and starting catcher Joe Sparks, who has also been a big addition to the team.

“We’re playing really good baseball right now, so I’m pretty excited,” said SCCS head coach Garrick Moss.

In Friday’s game, SCCS scored three runs in the second inning and another three in the fifth.

Tommy Curry and Colton Huckabone both drove in runs for the Cardinals, who amassed five total hits.

The first three runs were all scored off Einstein starter Isidro Panduro, who had never pitched before at the high school level. He went five innings.

Panduro was also 2-for-3 at the plate, as was teammate Dominic Gonzales.

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